I grew up on about ¾ of an acre. We had two garden areas and many fruit trees. We also raised pigs, chickens and, at one point, had a cow and a pony – all of that in the outskirts of San Diego!
I always imagined having something similar when I started my own family. We have rabbit cages in the backyard and a small hydroponic garden in the office now, but I’d love to have more, so we can live more sustainably.
We have a short growing season, but I still want to tackle an outdoor garden this spring, and I really want chickens. If we had more land, I’d love to have goats as well (the lot we’re on right now is too small for goats).
Reading through Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England, I feel that it could be attainable for us! She literally breaks down everything you need to know to get started with a backyard farm.
I love that this is something she is doing in her life now – and not just talking about it! I was very impressed to read that she out-produced her in-laws who have a 2-acre garden on her ¼ acre lot! She is clearly doing many things right on her backyard farm.
The book layout is perfect to either read straight through or to jump around from chapter to chapter, depending upon what you’re researching at the moment. She covers everything to choosing a property with good soil (if you don’t have a location yet) to preserving the bounty from your backyard farm – and every single step in between. I don’t think there’s anything she left out!
If you are interested in living sustainably by growing more of your own food, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is a must read.
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